Comline Auto Parts will support Denmark-based Vermilion Racing as the team’s official supplier of brake discs in Formula Student. Comline ADC1503 coated brake discs will feature on the team’s 2019 all-electric single-seat racer.
The European Union is advancing plans to broader the coverage of type approval provisions that mandate the installation of tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) in new vehicles. For some time the type approval rules have required that TPMS is fitted in new passenger cars, but some arguably borderline vehicles such as SUVs and pickup trucks have been exempt from the rules.
Bruce’s Coaches operates some of National Express’s longest routes between Scotland and the south of England, with 14 Scania Caetano Levante coaches, which cover more than 5.6 million kilometres each year. The company recently moved this fleet to Michelin tyres and has reported some startling statistics; it says the brand’s drive axle tyres last up to 130,000km further compared to the previously fitted competitor brand.
Vacu-Lug Traction Tyres Ltd has pledged its support to The Midland Doctors Charity, with a donation to the organisation, which was set up to help the community of Pakistan following the devastating earthquake of 2005. Midland Doctors is led by NHS doctors, senior consultants and business leaders, who provide medical care.
Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing Inc. is set to create more than 150 jobs when it invests over US$138 million in its manufacturing operation in Cartersville, Georgia. According to an official announcement, new jobs will include positions in production, support and administration.
The NTDA has announced that multi-talented Bristolian Mark Watson is host the 2019 Tyre Industry Awards, which are to be held during the Association’s 90th Annual Dinner, sponsored by Land Tyre Service, at the International Convention Centre (ICC) Birmingham on the evening of Thursday 3 October 2019.
Just Tyres is holding a launch party to celebrate the opening of a permanent fitting centre in Rooksley Centre, Milton Keynes on Saturday 1 December 2018. Located in the Deltic Trade Park, the new centre offers a unique tyre service enabling customers to get their tyres checked and fitted whilst shopping – and there’s the opportunity for customers to win prizes.
Doublestar Tyres, the new majority shareholder of Kumho, recently announced that its tyres are on-sale alongside premium brands at Carrefour supermarkets in Spain.
According to Doublestar, which compared Carrefour founded in 1959 to Walmart in the USA, the supermarket chain is Europe’s favourite. Having pioneered the so-called hypermarket approach in Europe Carrefour has developed into the largest retailer in Europe and the second largest international retail chain group in the world, with business scope covering more than 40 countries and regions. Carrefour owns 17 large chain stores in Spain, which covers the Iberian area and radiates to the whole pan-European region. With an annual population of 400 million, Carrefour is a perfect channel for product sales and a perfect platform for brand exposure.
The Suretrac brand, which is manufactured in China by Beijing-based Staridge Inc, reports that it is now embedding radio frequency identification (RFID) chips inside commercial truck tyres and retreads, enabling fleets to better manage their tyre assets throughout the full life cycle.
The last couple of years have been something of a whirlwind for the European Fintyre Distribution project, which has seen the business grow from a key player in the Italian market into a wider European operation with aspirations of being the leading force in pan-European tyre distribution and perhaps even beyond. Tyres & Accessories recently met with European Fintyre chief executive officer Mauro Pessi in order find out more about the company’s decision to base its central headquarters in London as well as its general, ongoing growth.
It appears that Michelin and Bridgestone are interested in acquiring the TomTom Telematics business unit from Netherlands-based company TomTom. According to Dutch financial daily Het Financieele Dagblad (FD), Michelin – one of four companies vying to acquire the business – allegedly aims to add the business into its Michelin Solutions portfolio. The other interested parties are said to be Pamplona Capital Management, which already holds a 26.5 per cent share in London-headquartered telematics and data analytics solutions provider Octo Telematics, and a second, unnamed investment company.
CST has extended its sponsorship of Dutch football club Ajax Amsterdam for a further three years until the end of the 2020-21 season. The Cheng Shin Tire brand’s connection to the club dates back to 2013, and their partnership was expanded two years later. The current arrangement sees CST represented by in-stadium advertisements, logos on the Ajax Amsterdam team bus as well as through diverse promotions and social media campaigns for CST car and bicycle tyres.
The Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S21 has been approved by BMW Motorrad as original equipment on the new S1000RR. This comes as no surprise, given that Bridgestone’s engineers worked with their counterparts at BMW Motorrad to develop a bespoke version of the S21 for BMW’s latest bike.
On 18 November Giti Tire took part in the 65th Macau Grand Prix, sponsoring and providing tyres to all drivers in the Lotus Cup racing competition. The event was one of six during the Grand Prix weekend, which brings racers and spectators from all around the world to the exciting street-circuit motorsports events around the city and ocean side of the historic city of Macau.
Wheel alignment equipment supplier Absolute Alignment has launched a new consumer website to assist motorists in locating local Absolute Alignment Approved Centres. The site also includes a guide to four wheel alignment.